WBEZ | hot http://www.wbez.org/tags/hot Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Chicago braces for extreme heat http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-07-20/chicago-braces-extreme-heat-89392 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//segment/photo/2011-July/2011-07-20/5814650331_55dd8c887e_b.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Over the past couple of weeks, Chicago endured plenty of sweltering days. Many Chicagoans count on air conditioning at work to offer a small reprieve. But what about those who pay their electricity bills by working outside?<em> Eight Forty-Eight</em> asked people who work outside how they beat the heat on the job.</p><p>Then <em>Eight Forty-Eight</em> revisited a conversation with Eric Klinenberg, author of<em><a href="http://www.press.uchicago.edu/ucp/books/book/chicago/H/bo3641018.html" target="_blank"> Heat Wave: A Social Autopsy of Disaster in Chicago</a></em>, examining the 1995 Chicago heat wave, when tempuratures soared to 106 and left over 700 people dead. The book conducts a "social autopsy," to examine how and why so many died in the city.</p><p><em>Music Button: The Mercury Program, "Egypt" from the release A Data Learn the Language (Tiger Style)</em></p></p> Wed, 20 Jul 2011 13:19:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-07-20/chicago-braces-extreme-heat-89392 Chicago may see hottest day since 2006 http://www.wbez.org/story/chicago-may-see-hottest-day-2006-89291 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//story/photo/2011-July/2011-07-18/AP110717025362.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>A heat advisory is in effect all around the Chicago area Monday. Highs are expected to be in the mid 90s, but it could feel as hot as 110 degrees. Gino Izzi, with the National Weather Service, said there's a chance of rain Monday, but it's not going to be the worst of the heat this week.</p><p>"Looks like we'll get a little bit of a reprieve tomorrow especially near the lake. We'll see winds turn off the lake and we'll probably see highs only in the upper 80s to around 90," Izzi said. "And then after that, the heat rebuilds on Wednesday and Thursday and it looks like the most intense heat of this week will be on Wednesday and Thursday."</p><p>Izzi said if the heat index reaches 105 degrees,&nbsp; it would be the first time it's been that hot in Chicago since August 2, 2006.</p><p>Meanwhile, Chicago safety officials are warning residents not to open fire hydrants to cool off.<br> <br> Gary Schenkel heads Chicago's Office of Emergency Management and Communications.</p><p>"Please do not open the fire hydrants. It has a dramatic and direct impact on water pressure and the fire department needs that water pressure to fight fires," Schenkel said.</p><p>Safety officials say drink lots of water and stay in air conditioning to keep cool.</p></p> Mon, 18 Jul 2011 11:44:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/story/chicago-may-see-hottest-day-2006-89291 Something You Should Drink: Gourmet hot chocolate from Hot Chocolate http://www.wbez.org/blog/steve-dolinsky/something-you-should-drink-gourmet-hot-chocolate-hot-chocolate <p><p style="text-align: center;"><iframe width="485" height="364" frameborder="0" src="http://player.vimeo.com/video/18367884?title=0&amp;byline=0&amp;portrait=0&amp;color=ab050d"></iframe></p><p style="text-align: left;">While we usually reserve this space to recommend things we think are worth eating, this week, we're turning to a favorite cold-weather remedy that's drinkable: hot chocolate. &nbsp;As a kid, my experience was limited to Swiss Miss (with water, thanks Mom). &nbsp;But today, several pastry chefs have their own box of pre-measured mix that you can make yourself at home - always featuring high-quality chocolate inside and usually requiring the addition of heavy cream or full-fat milk.</p><p style="text-align: left;">You would expect to find very good hot chocolate at <a href="http://www.hotchocolatechicago.com/">Mindy Segal's Hot Chocolate</a>, of course. &nbsp;But now, Segal has created a line of dry mixes that will amp up your next gathering. &nbsp;After you've added some warm cream to the finely-chopped granules of chocolate, you'll know what it feels like to taste liquid ganache.</p></p> Tue, 04 Jan 2011 12:00:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/blog/steve-dolinsky/something-you-should-drink-gourmet-hot-chocolate-hot-chocolate